October's U.S. sales total for semi-affordable*
sub-$40k MSRP PEVs:
BEV, 3,967, 45.1% (9 types: Bolt; LEAF; 500e; e-Golf; Soul EV; Focus Electric; Ionic BEV; Clarity BEV; Smart ED).
PHEV, 4,834, 54.9% (8 types: Volt; Prius Prime; Fusion Energi; C-Max Energi; A3 E-tron; Sonata PHEV; Optima PHV; Mini Countryman PHV)
Total sub-$40k PEV sales were down by over 1,426 M-o-M, and BEV/PHEV % decreased/increased by 2.3%, the first time that's happened for several months. The Bolt reached a new high of 2,781, but it couldn't compensate for the near ending of 1st gen. LEAF sales, which fell to only 213 (down from 1,055). The Bolt was followed by the Prime at 1,626 (down from 1,899), Volt 1,362 (down from 1,453). 500e sales continued to decrease to 310 (from 375), but the e-Golf showed a slight increase to 203 (from 187), the FFE does its usual 100+ (115 vice 131) and the Soul EV dropped a bit more to 210 (from 255). Ionic BEV sales slid a bit more to 28 (from 36), and the Clarity BEV moved only 34 (down from 52).
The C-Max Energi failed to outsell the Fusion Energi last month and both were down, 569 (683) to 741 (763), The A-3 e-tron steepened its drop, from 85 to 17 apparently due to complete lack of inventory, the Sonata and Optima PHEV twins were both up slightly at 210 (190) and 235 (228) respectively, and bringing up the rear, the 'why bother' Mini Countryman PHV sold 74, down slightly from 80 last month.
October's U.S. sales total for affordable, sub-$30k MSRP PEVs:
BEV, 216, 9.0% (3 types: Focus Electric; IONIQ BEV, Smart ED)
PHEV, 2,195, 91.0% or 85.6% (2 types: Prius Prime; C-Max Energi)
Total 2,411. Increase/decrease of 0.3% for BEV/PHEV market share, respectively.
Oh, as RegGuheert has frequently accused me of trying to bias the % of affordable PHEVs/BEVs towards PHEVs by setting an upper limit of $40k base MSRP, it appears that Green Car Reports is similarly biased. In a poll of which manufacturer their twitter followers think will be the first to offer an affordable BEV CUV, they write:
First, by "mass-priced" we mean under $40,000 including the mandatory destination charge. (The 238-mile Chevy Bolt EV, at $37,500 for its base model, is a good example of a car close to the upper bound of that requirement.)
As I didn't include the destination charge, I allow somewhat higher-priced cars in the "semi-affordable" (what they call "mass-priced") category - perhaps $1k more. It wouldn't bother me to change to the even more restrictive usage, but as I've been doing it this way so long and the difference isn't all that significant, I might as well continue.